A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy turkeys.

Colibri Ruiseñor Group's story

The communal bank “Colibrí Ruiseñor” (Hummingbird Nightingale) is working with the institution for the first time and comprises six hardworking, responsible, and very happy women, who all know each other. The members chose the group name "Hummingbird" because they liked it; however, the coordinator helped them choose "Nightingale." Bonifacia, 37, is the group's representative. She has been married to Alfonso, a laborer, for 17 years, and they have three school-age children.

Bonifacia has been raising turkeys for 17 years. She says, "I started this activity because I thought that having extra money besides my husband's income and being able to help with the household expenses and my children's education was always a good thing." Bonifacia buys very young turkeys because they are cheap. She raises and fattens them to sell at a higher price, usually to her neighbors when there is a holiday.

She has applied for this loan to buy more turkeys, and if there is money left, to buy feed. "I learned this trade as a girl from my mother, who raised turkeys to sell when times were hard." Though she has a lot of experience, Bonifacia's turkeys get sick at times, which means she could lose her investment. When sickness occurs, she has to spend more on medication and vitamins so that her animals recover and don't die.

Bonifacia's goal is to see her children have a better life and achieve their dreams of having a career. “If it is possible, my husband and I will help them." Bonifacia and the group members are happy and grateful for the loan, which will improve their businesses. They promise to make their payments and keep working to improve. Carmen will invest in her needlework. Diana, Elia, Ángeles, and Ofelia will buy sheep to raise and fatten.

In this group: Bonifacia, Maria Del Carmen, Diana, Elia, Maria De Los Angeles, Ofelia

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